Senate GOP Hires Woman to Question Ford, Kavanaugh - Page 3

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By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2018 7:03 AM CDT

  • Mormon women want hearings halted. The Mormon Women for Ethical Government called Tuesday for Kavanaugh's nomination hearings to be halted until sexual misconduct allegations from Ford and Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's, were fully investigated, the Washington Post reports. "Our mutual faith teaches that any sexual abuse or assault in any context is contemptible and worthy of the most severe condemnation," they said in a statement, addressing the four Republican members of the committee who share their faith.
  • Democrats "in the dark." Democratic senators say they have not been coordinating with Ford to help her prepare for the hearing, in which she is expected to face intense questioning, Politico reports. "I assume her own lawyers are prepping her. We’re not. Let me make that very clear," says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
  • Ramirez lawyer speaks out. John Clune, a lawyer for Ramirez, complained Tuesday that he is looking into ways to have her provide information to the Senate, but only Democrats showed up for a conference call he tried to arrange Tuesday, CNN reports. "The difficulty is every time we try to set up a phone call, the majority party either changes the rules of the phone call or they want additional information as a condition of even having a phone call with us," he said, accusing Republicans of "game playing."
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